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West Virginians Weigh In On Pandemic Response

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice gets better marks for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic than President Joe Biden.

The MetroNews West Virginia Poll finds that 71 percent of registered voters are either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with Justice’s leadership during the pandemic. A survey by FiveThirtyEight released Wednesday showed that 53 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s response to the coronavirus.

The Republican Governor enjoys support for his decisions during the pandemic across the political spectrum.  Seventy-five percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats are satisfied.  Independents are supportive, but less so.  Fifty-eight percent of voters registered with no political party are content with Justice’s handling of the pandemic.

But a political divide emerges in West Virginia on issues related to the pandemic.

For example, 81 percent of Democrats surveyed said they have been vaccinated, compared with 65 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents. Nationally, 88 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents say they have gotten the shot, according to a recent NBC Poll.

The largest group of the unvaccinated we found in our poll were independents. Thirty-three percent say they have not gotten the shot yet, while another eight percent say they are unvaccinated but they do plan to get the shot.

In West Virginia, there may be a connection between animosity toward the government and the reluctance to get vaccinated. The MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows that 39 percent of those who say they are not vaccinated also say they believe the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

There is also a political divide in the state on opinions concerning the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Overall, thirty-one percent believe a vaccination against Covid is “very effective,” while 39 percent say it is “somewhat effective.”   Eight-three percent of Democrats questioned say they believe the vaccinations are effective.  Sixty-four percent of Republicans say that it is, while just 58 percent of independents believe the vaccination is effective.

One in four people who describe themselves as conservative say the vaccine is very or somewhat ineffective, while only 15 percent of moderates and 6 percent of liberals share that view.

More poll results are out this morning.  They are posted at wvmetronews.com.  The MetroNews West Virginia Poll was conducted by Rex Repass of Research America of 400 registered voters in West Virginia by web and phone.  It has a confidence interval of +/- 4.9 percent.



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